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The Importance of Website Security and PCI Scans

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May 10, 2011

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Did you know that merchants are required to scan their ecommerce websites quarterly for PCI Compliance? This is a regulation put in place by the Payment Card Industry to ensure that cardholder data is safe and secure. Many companies overlook this aspect of their ecommerce website, until it is too late.

Think about it: you wouldn’t leave for vacation without locking your door and closing all the windows. You wouldn’t leave your purse or wallet sitting on a park bench unattended. So treat your customer’s personal information with the same care and security that you would your own personal belongings. The internet, much like the real world, is not a safe place and you need to keep an eye out for the bad guys.

A PCI Compliance scan from a Certified ASV (Approved Scanning Vendor) involves scanning the entire web server for security holes that may pose a risk of hacking attempts. If you do not safeguard your website, you can be penalized with fines and credit card processing suspension, or even worse, be victim to an attack on your site that compromises your customer’s data – leaving you liable for reimbursement for damages.

While there is no such thing as airtight security, you will certainly have a better edge and defense against cybercrime if you take the right precautions. So, while it may take a bit of your time to become PCI Compliant, know that you’re doing the right thing to keep your website as secure as possible.

JT Website Design offers PCI compliance scans at a low price, so you can receive peace of mind without busting the budget, and without the usual hassle from most scanners. Our PCI scans come with 4 quarterly certified scans, and 1 yearly Self Assessment Questionnaire.

Jackie Taferner

Jackie Taferner has over 15 years experience in website design and development. Jackie has a wide range of expertise, from PHP code development to marketing strategy, and enjoys working on challenging, creative, and unique projects.
 

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